Companies appointed to examine transport connections from Fraserburgh and Peterhead to Aberdeen along the Energetica Corridor

Stuart Smith2014, News

Nestrans the north-east transport partnership have appointed a collaboration of three companies, SIAS, Peter Brett Associates and Natural Capital, to undertake the Energetica corridor multi-modal study.

The purpose of the study is to identify and examine the options for improving strategic transport connections between Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Aberdeen along the Energetica corridor. The study will examine all modes of transport including rail, bus, road and active travel connections.

Nestrans Chair, Councillor Peter Argyle said, “The Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy Re-fresh, published in January 2014, contained a commitment to carry out an all modes study from Fraserburgh and Peterhead to Aberdeen, including consideration of the costs and benefits of re-opening the railway line. I am sure the residents and businesses in the area will welcome the news.”

“We received many high quality submissions. However the appointed companies have vast experience of transport modelling in the north-east with specific experience including economic and environmental issues in the corridor.”

Funding from the study comes from Nestrans, Aberdeenshire Council and Transport Scotland. The study will be undertaken in line with Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) and will include consultation with stakeholders, businesses and communities; development and consideration of the objectives for the corridor; and consideration of options across all modes for achieving the objectives set.

Energetica Development Manager, James Welsh, said: “Improving transport infrastructure is key to the Energetica programme and I welcome this study as a major step forward in achieving that goal.”

“This is a great opportunity to take a broad look at the transport challenges facing the Energetica corridor, and the wider area, and consider the opportunities for making improvements across a wide spectrum of transport modes.”

“The research will include consultation with a large number of interested parties, including transport operators, local businesses and community groups, to make sure that people’s views and experiences are taken into account.”

SIAS Commission Director, Bob Nicol, said: “SIAS, Peter Brett Associates (PBA) and Natural Capital are delighted to have been appointed as the consultants for this study.

Together, the collaboration has extensive local knowledge and familiarity with the area, experience in consultation, traffic modelling and environmental issues in the corridor, as well as specific experience of the land-side transport issues of the oil and gas industry in the north-east, and the STAG process.

We look forward to working with NESTRANS, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, Transport Scotland, local businesses and communities, transport operators and other stakeholders to develop options for improved connectivity between Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Aberdeen that provide real benefit.”

Following award of the contract an inception meeting has been arranged for early December to kick off the study. The study is expected to take up to a year to complete.